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Old 10-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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swordtail fry

Hi all, my gold comet swordtail has now had 2 batches of fry & my black swortdail has had 1 batch, my question is, all of the fry appear to be female, is there a particular reason for this? Is it due to water temperature or simply what happens? I have managed to rescue 12 gold comets & 4 blacks, 2 of the latter appear translucent so hopefully remain that way or go silver/white. Really intruiged to see how they turn out.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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They are born female and as they get older some will turn male. Good luck with the fry
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Thanks Jemma, do you have any idea up to what age they can turn male at all?

Heard something similar from a friend but wasn't sure.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:10 AM   #4
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About 3 months
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it will take a couple of months before you can tell what the gender is. you just have to be patient because the males just don't grow their swords for a while. best of luck to you.

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Thanks also Swortaillover, it's amazing how fast these fish grow, the original 2 that survived the first batch are only 5-6 weeks & already about 1 - 1 1/2 inches.
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Coolness. Congrats! Hope to see lots of pics.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:51 PM   #8
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Yeah will do! I'll post some very soon for you.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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Thanks I am excited to see!
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:12 PM   #10
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I'm now in the process of setting up a 30 litre tank for the fry to allow them to flourish in their own environment so there is no chance of them being eaten & also to make them easier to catch when I take to my local independant fish store at around 8 weeks. Plus they will be easier to photograph in that tank rather than in the breeding net.

Should be able to give him a good supply every few months, hopefully get food in return.
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